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Washougal man killed in head-on crash at Highway 14 roundabout

A Vancouver man was injured and taken to a hospital

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A Washougal man was killed and a Vancouver man was injured Wednesday in a head-on collision at the roundabout on state Highway 14 at Washougal River Road.

The fatal crash was reported around 9:45 a.m.

A 2016 Honda Accord was traveling west on Highway 14 at Milepost 16 and entered the traffic circle the wrong way at Washougal River Road, striking an eastbound 1998 Dodge van head on, according to a Washington State Patrol crash memo.

The driver of the Honda, identified as 60-year-old Michael L. Merwin, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, identified as Thomas D. Wright, 64, was injured and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. Both were wearing seat belts, the crash memo states.

Wright was listed in satisfactory condition Thursday morning, according to a hospital spokesman.

Troopers said it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene, the State Patrol said.